It instructed its followers to follow the Dharma, or the Buddha Doctrine. Ashoka Maurya further spread the influence of Buddhism when he switched to it after conquering Kalinga. Hinduism was the original religion of Classical India, until Siddhartha Gautama created Buddhism, his followers called him “Buddha” which means “Enlightened One,” most of what derived from Hinduism was a part of Buddhism. Buddha was a Hindu Mystic before; he changed some concepts of Hinduism around, such as believing that violent acts against nature and other are purely immoral. Both religions had this theory of reincarnation, , but stated that it was because of karma, if something needed to be fulfilled, a debt or curse, or simply one’s life was not lived to its fullest than they were reincarnated back on earth not always as a human, but sometimes maybe an animal.
Additionally, both believe in the spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, concentration, and cultivation of states of mind, called mindfulness. While Hinduism and Buddhism share similarities, they also celebrate differences; Hinduism is not founded by any particular prophet and Buddhism was founded by Buddha and Buddhists do not believe in the existence of souls like Hindus, neither do they believe in the sacred texts of the Vedas or any other Hindu scripture. Refuge in the Buddha, the Sangha and Dhamma are the three fundamental requirements of the eight fold path while Hinduism offers many choices to its followers for
By following his guide/Pali Cannon/ Dharma we can hope to actuate the same fate of release from the Wheel of Death and Rebirth. Mahayana attitudes toward Buddhist teachings are of course partially due to the Mahayana view of Buddha; most Mahayana thought treats him as a manifestation of a divine being. Mahayana Buddhism heavily uses rituals, statues, added a number of celestial beings or deities (that are believed to be incarnations of Buddha) to a part of their rituals and more scripture to guide their path enlightenment. The Second Noble Truth asserts that the cause of suffering is craving and desires. If one is constantly feeding, even if unknowingly, their cravings for a sensory pleasure such as praising multiple statues of deities, believed to be Bodhisattvas, even of Buddha; by craving to unite with an experience perpetually,
In today’s world, there are many beliefs on ways to end suffering. Every religion teachers their follower to be a good person. However, ending suffering is different in every religion. The major religions, Buddhism and Christianity, have an opposite view to end the suffering. Buddhism believes in Eternal Death in which death is the only way to end suffering.
Buddha and Jesus come from completely different religions and time periods, although having major differences in religion they both share the fact that they had disciples. These disciples started their lives as regular people as workers and witnesses invited by Buddha or Jesus and later went on to achieving a spiritual enlightenment. Although it being a spiritual enlightenment they both had different terms for such, Buddhist call them arharats and Christians call them saints. Although arharats and saints share multiple commonalities and differences, this essay will show, that in both religions to reach the enlightenment you are born with the skills, are called to achieve it through discipline, and both share a path of getting farther from such enlightenment. In Catholicism all members are called to be saints and Buddhist the same with arharats.
I would like to begin by discussing a philosophy of Buddhism that was apparent while reading the “Seven Taoist Masters”. The philosophy of the four noble truths played a major role in Ch’iu Ch’u-chi reaching the immortal realm. Three of the four noble truths states that life is dukkha (suffering), tanha (cravings/desires) causes dukkha, and we can overcome tanha. In the book Master Wang refused to accept Ch’iu Ch’u-chi as a student. This was because he saw a great amount of suffering in Ch’iu Ch’u-chi’s future, if he attempted to cultivate the Tao.
This is because Zen is concerned only with the direct experience or insight into enlightenment, away with all dogma, theology and doctrine which is ever-present in other religions. In Zen, this direct insight into the nature of life, or enlightenment, is achieved through meditation, and also through the contemplation of unsolvable riddles called koans. Through the analysis of the teachings, beliefs and art of Zen culture, we can assess how Zen attempts to gain direct insight instead of relying on any doctrine to attain enlightenment. Zen Buddhism is a form of Mahayana Buddhism, which holds its roots from China, the home of Ch’an Buddhism (Dumoulin 34). The incessantly interesting feature of Zen Buddhism is that there is no dogma, philosophy or doctrine one must believe in to be a Zen Buddhist (“Buddhist beliefs”).
The fourth Noble Truth was the truth of the path to the cessation of suffering. The fourth one tells the way to end suffering is the set of principles called the Noble Eightfold Path or the Middle Way. (Kozak). If one studies Buddha’s teachings, they will be able to “solve all [their] inner problems and attain a truly peaceful mind” (Gyasto). Without having inner peace, you cannot have outer peace.
A comparison between Jesus the Christ and Gautama the Buddha Just as Jesus in Christianity, Gautama the Buddha plays an essential role in preaching the doctrines of Buddhism. People may see them both as great teachers that guide them to do good and avoid evil. However, despite the similarity of their roles as teachers, Jesus and Buddha are two distinct figures with essentially different importance. The greatest significance of Gautama the Buddha is about his teaching. Buddha was just an ordinary human that achieved enlightenment and preached his understandings.
One is officially recognised as a Buddhist after he/she has undergone refuge. "Taking refuge in the Buddha, we learn to transform anger into compassion; taking refuge in the Dharma, we learn to transform delusion into wisdom; taking refuge in the Sangha, we learn to transform desire into generosity.” - Red Pine (2005) The Triple Jewels (or called The Three Treasures) in the refuge are inseparable as they all together generate considerable amount of merit and wisdom to a Buddhist. As mind is the forerunner of all things and, all living beings are suffering and trapped in the Samsara due to karma and entanglement; a wise man can disentangle this tangle through building well in virtue, developing concentration and understanding, which would help one gain wisdom. Only through taking refuge from the Triple Jewels, one could gain wisdom and have a good start for his/her path to awakening. The ultimate goal of this path is to